The suspect in the fatal shooting of Servando Hamros earlier this month was angry that Hamros allegedly filmed him, made fun of him while in the park with a date and also allegedly robbed him, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday in court.
Khiyran Monroe, 20, of Evanston, appeared during the Wednesday hearing before a judge, who denied bail.
Monroe is charged with first-degree murder in the July 14 shooting death of Hamros, who was with his 7-year-old daughter, after an altercation in Isabella Butler Park.
Hamros had been walking through the park with his 7-year-old, who was playing Pokemon Go, when he came across Monroe and another person, described as his date, engaging in sexual intercourse on a blanket near the walking path, prosecutors said.
Moments after 9 p.m., Hamros pulled out his cellphone and began recording the pair while making jokes about Monroe until Monroe and the witness fled on foot, still partially clothed and leaving food, clothes and their shoes behind, prosecutors said.
Rather than driving away from the scene, Monroe returned in his mother’s SUV and fired 17 rounds into the park, fatally shooting Hamros who had by this time had walked farther south into the park, prosecutors said.
Officers responded to shots fired around 9:05 p.m. to find Hamros lying “in the park along the canal,” said officials. Lifesaving efforts were attempted by officers until emergency medical technicians arrived and Hamros was pronounced dead on the scene.
Prosecutors said several witnesses reported seeing a small SUV consistent with Monroe’s stopped against the curb at the park on the wrong side of the road with its headlights on.
Ring camera video from the area recorded 17 shots fired, with witnesses reporting that the SUV then drove into oncoming traffic before moving into the southbound lane and driving away.
Prosecutors also said that they believed an armed robbery took place. One of Monroe’s cellphones was found in Hamros’ pocket with another alongside his body and a handgun was found in his backpack following the shooting, according to prosecutors.
Additional Ring camera footage at Monroe’s residence showed him “pacing” and “frantic” while speaking to his mother, allegedly telling her, “he had a gun to my chest,” prosecutors said.
Hamros’ daughter was physically unharmed during the shooting, said Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew earlier.
Prosecutors said Monroe has no previous criminal history and possesses a valid firearm owner’s identification card but no concealed carry license.
Monroe, who turned himself in with a lawyer on Tuesday, is due back in court Aug. 16 in Skokie. His attorney could not be reached for comment.